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Friday 5 August 2022, 7pm

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NYO Open Up: Free Spirits!

NYO Open Up: Free Spirits!

Presented by Saffron Hall

Teenagers playing instruments rehearse in colourful informal clothes

Feel the sound, free your spirit! Join us for a fearless performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with conductor Andrew Gourlay, where hundreds of teenagers passionately share their love of music

NYO’s musicians invite you into the stratospheric sound world of Danny Elfman, as they premiere a new work written especially for them by the Hollywood legend, before taking flight with Gershwin's electrifying, jazz-inspired 'Rhapsody in Blue' with soloist, Simone Dinnerstein.

‘I think and feel in sounds,’ said Maurice Ravel. So, when he wrote his ballet Daphnis and Chloe, he created a sumptuous soundscape in which you can feel every fluttering heartbeat, every stolen glance, and the flickers of first love.

Expect an exhilarating and boundary-breaking experience as NYO radiates exuberance and vitality, and frees your spirit!

We are delighted to offer free tickets for Under 25s for this event.


This performance is supported by Professor Sir Barry Ife CBE

Performance information

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is not part of our Ten for £10 scheme.

Programme and performers


  • Danny Elfman Wunderkammer (world premiere tour)
  • George Gershwin (orch. Grofé) Rhapsody in Blue
  • Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloé


  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • Andrew Gourlay conductor
  • Simone Dinnerstein piano

Information for your visit

Friday 5 August 2022, 7pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Additional information


For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Booster seats not available

Buggy parking not available

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